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Grateful Dead Live at The Centrum on 1983-10-21


Topics Live concert


The Music Never Stopped, Loser, CC Rider-> Cumberland Blues, Cassidy, Ramble On Rose, My Brother Esau, Big Railroad Blues-> Promised Land Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain, Uncle John's Band-> Playin' In The Band-> Drums-> Truckin'-> Wharf Rat-> I Need A Miracle-> Touch Of Gray, E: Johnny B. Goode


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Date October 21, 1983
Venue The Centrum
Location Worcester, MA

Source SBD > PCM > Dat X 3 > CDR


Notes

SBD > PCM > Dat X 3 > CDR; via Bob Harrell

Reviews

Reviewer: Anchovy Rancher - - January 9, 2015
Subject: 60CPS HUM?
We could lose that. Don't get me wrong, it's a show. Shit happens.
Reviewer: cringle - - August 28, 2006
Subject: A Show So Good...
it might even make a Bobby-lover outta you!

OK, so you see "TMNS" as the opener and you may be thinking ":-/" already.

This particular MNS won me over ... I think from the moment Jerry and Brent nail that little triplet thingie at the end of the first verse.

During the jam I envision ebullient peaking hippies dancing in golden bathed fields of sunflowers and songbirds, achieving Deadhead nirvana ... with Bobby prancing right through the midst of them in a collar-up izod shirt, satin short-shorts and ray-bans...
But then Jerry takes over the jam and for a minute I forget that this most Bobbyish of songs is even a Bobby song at all...

Always like to see a Cumbys in the mix and this one doesn't dissapoint.

A rousing Scarlet > Fire - largely because Bobby jams some creative backup guitar riffs unique to this night only, a pleasant departure from his usual tentative aimless inept horribleness usually mercy-mixed into the wayback so as to not foul the Jerry licks. And yet here he is - throwing golden monkeywrenches into the Fire jam! Is he possessed? And if yes, can this happen more often? Sadly, not so much.

And then there is perhaps the biggest clusterfuck of a "Touch of Grey" ever captured on tape. Yikes.

That said - solid vintage '83 overall. The 2nd set jams relentlessly.
And heck - if you can open a show w/TMNS and pull it off so brilliantly, the rest is all gravy anyway!

No equalization probs on the downloadable source that is still out there on another site that has hundreds of em.

And while I'm at it - I am often puzzled by the Dicks Picks. They don't seem to pick the best shows either playing or sound quality.
Reviewer: gemsing777 - - August 30, 2005
Subject: Pimpin
who's ya daddy? This guy below me has to sensitive an ear for the thump thump ....Get an EQ and chill bro. Stay Positive. 5 sta
Reviewer: kayatosh - - June 26, 2005
Subject: thump, thump
excellent performance and very crisp and balanced sound. HOWEVER, this recording is all but ruined by a too loud kick drum thumping away in the left channel. Thump, thump.
Reviewer: sperry - - March 25, 2005
Subject: the wind in the willows
This is a damn fine show. This is one of those shows you have to have no matter the sound, it's just so sweet. The BRR blues and scarlet/fire qaulify as some of the best playing I've heard from the boys. I wouldn't be suprised if this was a dick pick in the very near future. In fact, I'm surpirsed it isn't a dick pick already.. If you like slick, crafty garica playing, the seamless keyboarding from mydland and the solid kickers from billy and micky, then fill your ears with this hell of a performance.

A rating of 5 stars, hands down.

cheers
sperry
Reviewer: hazbeen - - January 28, 2005
Subject: thank you!!!
wow! this is one of my all-time favorite shows. jerry just seemed to want to play and play at the end of the first set. big railroad blues is truly inspired. bob is great on brother essau, and jerry weaves a short but nice jam at the end of the song.

the transition from scarlet begonias to fire on the mountain is seamless, and jerry is out on the roof screaming at the moon during the fire on the mountain jams. i'm not a big SPACE listener, but the SPACE from this show is fantastic. and jerry seemed to be truly enjoying himself when the band jams out of SPACE and into truckin'.

my original bootleg tape had a big drop out at the end of SPACE, from where my friend accidentally hit the record button on the tape player and thereby memorialized an all-nighter on the beach circa '84. now i have the complete show. thank you!
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